Lakeshore State Park

Prominently located along the Milwaukee shoreline, Lakeshore State Park is the newest state park in Wisconsin and the only state park located in an urban setting. Built using rock from Milwaukee’s most important water quality infrastructure project – the MMSD Deep Tunnel – the park is one of very few entirely human-created ‘islands.’ Today, this 22-acre park has become a popular destination for city residents and visitors who enjoy the park’s open spaces and panoramic views of water and sky. The park offers a 1.7-mile trail for hikers and bicyclists, a watercraft beach with access for canoes and kayaks, plus fishing areas and 20 slips for boats up to 60 feet in length.


Milwaukee, WI


2,500 sf


Ongoing since 2015

Designed with beauty, efficiency, and intelligence, the Visitor and Education Center addresses multiple park needs within a compact 2500sf footprint. Flexible meeting/classroom space provides seating for up to 40 people. A light-filled atrium offers spectacular views and spaces for interpretive exhibits. A Director’s Office support daily park operational needs. Transient Great Lakes boaters have secure, 24-hour access to restrooms and shower facilities. An appealing outdoor plaza provides a gradient of spaces supporting individual visitors and  300-person events.